Category Archives: Opportunities

Interpretive Education Associate (Maine)

Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve in Wells, Maine has an opening for an Interpretive Education Associate. This year-round position is responsible for coordinating volunteer naturalists to lead school programs and public tours, facilitating teacher trainings, scheduling guided school programs, leading a variety of educational interpretive programs, assisting with the planning of special events, and developing curriculum and instructional materials. This is a two-year grant-funded position at 32 hours per week with occasional evening and weekend work. There is the possibility of extension after two years. For details visit online or contact Suzanne Eder <>.

Free Family Beachcombing Program (Rhode Island)

Join University of Rhode Island Marine Outreach Scientists on a summer day at low tide for a two-hour beachwalk. Explore Fort Getty, one of Rhode Island’s unique coastal beaches. This program gives young people a special chance to have their questions answered about the plants, animals, and minerals found on the beach.  Saturday, August 8 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. This  beachcombing event is free and open to the public.

Pre-registration is required.  To register, please call the Office of Marine Programs at 874-6211.  Groups meet at the Fort Getty beach pavilion and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

NASA Funding Opportunity for Informal Education Institutions

NASA has announced a competitive funding opportunity for informal education that could result in the award of grants or cooperative agreements to several of the nation’s science centers, museums and planetariums. Approximately $6 million is available for new awards.  Proposals for the Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums are expected to use NASA resources to enhance informal education programs related to space exploration, aeronautics, space science, Earth science or microgravity. Full proposals are due Sept. 10.  Proposals for the program are expected to encourage life-long engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and focus on NASA’s contributions to these disciplines.  NASA will accept proposals from institutions of informal education that are science museums or planetariums in the United States or its territories. NASA centers, federal agencies, federally funded research and development centers, education-related companies, and other institutions and individuals may apply through partnership with a qualifying lead organization.  For detailed information about the opportunity, click on “Open Solicitations” and look for Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums (CP4SMP) or solicitation number NNH09ZNE005N at:

Program Manager, Washington DC

Lead the new Ocean Education team at National Geographic to design materials and manage specific projects that extend National Geographic’s mission into formal and informal learning environments.  Advise colleagues on their projects, and take the management lead on individual projects as assigned.  Act as a liaison between Education Programs, the Mission Programs Ocean team, and other departments within the Society doing Ocean related work to identify opportunities for collaboration and cross-departmental projects.  Details online

Administrative Assistant, Quincy MA

MITS, Inc (Museum Institute for Teaching Science) is seeking an Administrative Assistant. MITS, Inc is a not-for profit corporation whose mission is to promote the teaching of participatory, inquiry-based science, mathematics and technology/engineering education at the K-8 levels in partnership with museums and other non-profit organizations. The Administrative Assistant is responsible for running the day to day operations of the office and providing administrative support to the staff. The position is based in Quincy, MA.   For further information visit the MITS web site

Position Opening: Summer Ecology Camp Supervisor – Urgent Hire

Summer camp coordinator urgently needed.  Ecology Camp summer program in Cambridge at the Alewife Reservation at Alewife T Stop (with office and training nearby) needs a supervisory environmental staff member to run day-to-day operations.  Duties include coordinating environmental training, much of which will be provided by volunteer consultants, but which will also require environmental experience on the part of the coordinator.  The coordinator will also plan camp logistics and carry out daily preparations for the camp.

The camp will provide the youth involved with experiences in GPS monitoring, water quality testing, trail maintenance, wildlife identification and more, provided by scientists and teachers.  Approximately 15 youth are expected.  Youth will receive minimum wage.  The camp is run by Friends of Alewife Reservation, in collaboration with City agencies. Camp will run July 6th – August 14th, 3 days a week, for 20 hours a week.  Job commences as soon as possible for simple camp preparations for 10 hrs/wk at $8/hr until camp commences on July 6.  Salary during camp will be $15/hr, for 20 hours a week.

Required Background: Successful experience working with under-served youth and leading project-based activities.  Must have substantial past experience in leading and managing youth.  Environmental background is also essential.   Must have local experience and a car.

Additional Qualifications: Promptness and fitness.  Strong responsibility to youth and volunteer consultants.  The staff member should be comfortable in urban woods and should have the ability to provide safety for youth.

If interested, please submit CV and cover letter to Friends of Alewife Reservation

by email at:

or by post at:

Friends of Alewife Reservation

186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Suite 304

Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact the office with any questions at 617-415-1884.

Mariners’ Museum Educator, Virginia

The Mariners’ Museum located in Newport News, VA, is seeking full-time or part-time Educators (part time positions may satisfy internship requirements). The Educators will conceive, research, develop and implement general history and/or science based programs for classroom or distance learning settings. Programs may address elementary and secondary school educational objectives, gallery-based presentations and adult continuing-education programs that enhance the public’s understanding of the Museum’s mission, collections and resources. The successful candidates will also: serve on exhibit development committees in order to represent the Education Department with respect to the interpretive programming that will complement the exhibition; evaluate and critique the interpretive programs presented to the Museum’s visitors; and participate in the management of interpretive and educational programs. BA or BS degree in Chemistry, Biology, History, American Studies or Education preferred. For more information, or to submit an application, contact:

Noreen Becci
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, Virginia 23606

Public Outreach Coordinator, Florida

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) seeks qualified applicants for the Public Outreach Coordinator position.  This is a highly visible position supporting community involvement in Bay restoration.  Applicant must flourish in a dynamic work environment, fast paced job with frequent extended work hours to attend evening and weekend events.  Knowledge of native plants, wildlife and habitats highly valued.  Writing, public speaking, collaboration, creativity and management skills required.  A B.A. in Biology, Psychology, Environmental Studies, or related field, plus experience with outreach and education programs, is required.  More information